Brittney Griner is not only a three-time All-American center for the Baylor women’s basketball team, during Final Four Weekend, the female phenom was selected as college player of the year and most outstanding player. Just to give you an idea of how well Griner plays–she’s the first NCAA player to score over 2,000 points and block 500 shots.
All of this must have been as impressive to Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban as it is to us because he told ESPN earlier this week that his team would consider drafting the amazing player. Cuban had this to say about the 6ft-8in player:
“I’ve thought about it. I’ve thought about it already. Would I do it? Right now, I’d lean toward yes, just to see if she can do it. You never know unless you give somebody a chance, and it’s not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it.”
Here’s what Griner had to say about her tryout:
“The WNBA is where I’m at. That is where I’m going. After that, if I get a shot, why turn down something like that? That’s big, even if you don’t make it. Hey, at least you tried. Somebody pushed the envelope.”
Griner isn’t the first woman to get a chance to show the NBA that women can ball too. In 1979, the Utah Jazz drafted Delta State star Lusia Harris in the seventh round. In the same year, UCLA star Ann Meyers tried out for the Indiana Pacers.
In the sexist world of sports, especially basketball, women barely get the chance to prove themselves. Griner should take this chance and hopefully it won’t turn into a publicity stunt.
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